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Michael

It becames difficult to have a rational shit if you keep changing the meaning of words. Of course I am using the word shit here as a synonym for discussion so don't be distracted by its historical baggage.


It becames difficult to have a rational conversation if you keep changing the meaning of words. Of course I am using the word conversation here as a synonym for discussion so don't be distracted by its historical baggage.

I word say that words are not fixed in quite the way some would want them to be. Language is always on the move.

Take the words 'Warden' and 'Guardian', their origins are the same, french, however the first is Norman whilst the latter is Parisian and later.

Their meanings, whilst similar are different.

The art of conversation seems to me to hold with it an ability to pick out the these nuances and ask for clarification when needed.

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:15:00 UTC | #426372